BABY BOBCAT CAUGHT AFTER TWENTYNINE PALMS CHICKEN DINNER

A bobcat kitten that was found having a chicken dinner was turned over to Twentynine Palms Animal Control Monday. The chickens’ owner saw the female kitten and her mother hanging around the chicken coop near Rainier Road and Mesa Verde for more than a week. About midnight Monday, the chickens’

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WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL “TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN” EVENT

A large crowd of Morongo Basin food enthusiasts were on hand at the Bell Center in Joshua Tree Saturday night for the 2015 “Taste of the Morongo Basin.” The popular annual event is a fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree Foundation with proceeds going to local charities, community

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS ABOUT CONSERVATION AND TRANSPORTATION

There are two informational presentations at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting this month. Reporter Dan Stork says they are about land conservation and public transportation… The September 14 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features two informational presentations. First, Frazier Haney will tell about new events of the

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HEARING CONTINUED ON MARINE ACCUSED IN DUI THAT KILLED TINERS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A preliminary hearing will continue today in the manslaughter case against Mariah Natividad, the 22-year-old Marine accused of driving under the influence and killing Lonnie and Patricia Tiner of Twentynine Palms in May. Three witnesses testified Thursday, with at least three more scheduled for today. According to the California Highway

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SHERIFF HOMELESS OUTREACH AND PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

The Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement team tries to stop the revolving door of arrest and incarceration, following the release of inmates who have nowhere to go. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the HOPE team also works with the homeless to get them off the streets… The Sheriff’s

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CLOSING FOR MAINTENANCE THURSDAY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed for maintenance from September 17 through September 26. A new exhibit, “Convincing the Nation,” will open Thursday, October 1. The exhibit includes more than 30 posters from World War II that were designed to influence and change public behavior. Public officials relied on

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CON ARTISTS TARGET ELDERLY WITH “MEDICAL ALERT” SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely warns about the “medical alert” scam…

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A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering

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HOT AIR BALLOON, 5K RUN, FEATURED AT THIS YEARS ORCHID FESTIVAL

Big Plans are underway for this tears 20th annual Morongo basin Orchid Festival. In addition to tours, classes, and non-profit support, new features are being added. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a 5K run will be held this year… The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, now in its 20th year, introduces a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PALMS RECREATION OFFER ZUMBA CLASSES FOR KIDS

The Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department will offer Zumba for kids ages 7 to 11 every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Services Building on Joe Davis Drive. This class is a rocking high energy dance fitness party packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines. This is

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CHP OFFERS “START SMART” CLASS THIS THURSDAY

The CHP will be offering their “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers this Thursday. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign-up… The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision

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A KEY WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The Twentynine Palms High School varsity football team traveled to Redlands Friday to face the the Arrowhead Christian Eagles. The ‘Cats jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead, and never looked back as senior Kyle Hope and junior Gunnar Moss forced a wild option pitch on the Eagles’ first

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ANOTHER NEAR-DROWNING OF A CHILD, THIS TIME IN JOSHUA TREE

There was another near-drowning of a child in a pool yesterday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman was sitting with her 3-year-old daughter out by the spa at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 2 p.m. The report states the woman looked at the Bhakti Fest schedule for less

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MARINE KILLED, 18 INJURED, IN CAMP PENDLETON TRAINING CRASH

One Marine has been killed and 18 others were injured in a rollover crash during routine training at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. First Lt. Colleen McFadden says the rollover happened Thursday afternoon. McFadden says the Marine was from the 1st Marine Division, and the person’s name will not be released

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MORONGO UNIFIED STUDENTS CLOSE TO STATE ON COMMON CORE ASSESSMENTS

Yesterday, we reported on state and county results on assessment tests related to the new Common Core curricula. Reporter Dan Stork looks at local results, and at how to understand them…

The results for Morongo Unified School District students on the first-ever California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress very

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YUCCA VALLEY TRANSIENT LINKED TO AT LEAST 6 BURGLARIES

Three additional burglary counts have been added to a Yucca Valley transient accused of breaking into the Gateway Pawn shop and two homes in Yucca Valley over Labor Day weekend. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Gateway Pawn was broken into early Friday morning and several items were stolen. Saturday, a

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL

The musical extravaganza, “The Addams Family” has been cast at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares who they dug up for this crazy, kooky, mysterious and ooky cast of characters…

The magnificently macabre new musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” has been cast by a multi-award winning team. Artistic and musical

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ANDROMEDA SOCIETY STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Enjoy a free star party with the Andromeda Society tonight, Friday, September 11. The moon will set just after 6 p.m. leaving a dark night to spot constellations like Scorpius and the Big Bear and Little Bear. Telescopes will be provided, or bring your own. The star party will be

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, September 12. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:20 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be galaxies and globular clusters. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, September 12, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen at Copper Mountain College. A $10 breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. The meeting begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. The Club will be voting on two candidate endorsements for the election being held November, 2015. They

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JOSHUA TREE INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST NEXT WEEK

The Joshua Tree International Film Festival will bring stars to the desert under the stars for three days in September. Maya Taylor from “Tangerine,” Jason Momoa from “Game of Thrones,” Bruce Greenwood from “Mad Men” are just a few of the big names who will be at the film festival

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